Which bills am I required to pay from an estate?

I am the personal rep of my uncles estate and some family members are telling me that I do not have to pay his bills – hospital, doctor, cell phone, electricity, etc. There is enough money in his estate to pay the bills but I don’t want to pay them if I am not required to. Also, when listing inventory for probate do I include an IRA account that had a beneficiary listed as an asset of the estate?

Asked on December 8, 2011 under Estate Planning, Minnesota

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Until you establish residency in your new state, you will need to file in your former state. However, once you establish residency you can file there. Typically, in most states, it takes 6 months to become a resident. You should also be aware that you can file in the state in which your spouse resides.

Right now, you should consult with a divorce attorney; they can best advise you as to residency requirements and other related matters.


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